April 17 – Webinar: Can forests take the heat? Managing pests and ecosystem services in a warming climate
This months Third Thursday Web Forum will be: Can forests take the heat? Managing pests and ecosystem services in a warming climate
Presenter: Steve Frank, Ph.D., NC State University, Department of Entomology
Date/Time: April 17, 2014, 10 – 11am EST
Summary: Trees help mitigate the urban heat island effect and provide other services to urban residents. Unfortunately, herbivores are often more abundant and damaging on urban than rural trees. We have found that urban warming increases pest abundance directly and indirectly by changing interactions with parasitoids. Our goal is to determine how urban warming and pests interact to affect tree health and the services they provide. We also want to determine if cities, which have been warming for centuries, may be canaries in the coal mine that can predict the effects of global warming on natural forests.
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Bio: Steve Frank earned a BS, MS, and PhD from University of Maryland. He joined the faculty of NCSU in the Department of Entomology in 2008. He research focuses on the biotic and abiotic factors leading to arthropod pest outbreaks in urban trees. The goal of this research is to reduce pesticides use and improve urban forest health.